Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
• • The State of the Union Is Best Served by Growth, Not Austerity
Paul Ryan |
The great debate in America is not about the “fiscal cliff” or the “debt ceiling” or the “sequester” or whatever other fantasy pops into Paul Ryan’s head when he’s not reading Ayn Rand. [....] Obama does not have to go all-in with the progressives to get the point across. But he should recognize the value of this outline for countering the fiscal fabulism of Ryan and the Ayn Randites who would make America a nasty and brutish place.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
• His Supporters Treated “Atrociously,” Ron Paul Refuses to Back Romney
Anyone who has ever read an Ayn Rand novel or George Orwell's 1984 is familiar with the lifeless patterning of the propaganda state, where the big lie is repeated so steadily that it is eventually mistaken for truth. As speaker after speaker on the opening night of the Republican National Convention took their turn at spinning a "We Built It" fantasy -- based not on what President Obama said or intended to say about small business but on an imagining of what might turn the maximum number of voters against the president -- the last shred of dignity that a great American political party might had retained for itself was tossed off.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
• Paul Ryan Covers Romney's Right Flank
Until just a few days ago, Ryan was considered an unlikely prospect for the No. 2 spot on the Republican ticket: too rigid in his budgetary obsessions, too whacky in his enthusiasm for Ayn Rand's novels and Austrian economics, too enthusiastic about taking apart Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
• • A Budget Referendum on Austerity, Ayn Rand and Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan |
Ryan, a veteran of more than twenty years on Capitol Hill (as a Congressional aide and then a congressman), knows a good deal about economics, and a good deal about politics. And he is right when he suggests that his budget is forcing a choice. But which choice? Catholics United, the national Catholic social tradition advocacy organization, suggested Tuesday that another choice is playing out. Noting Ryan’s oft-expressed admiration for objectivist author Ayn Rand, the group declared: “Paul Ryan’s 2013 Budget Reflects the Teachings of Ayn Rand, Not Jesus Christ.”
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
• • Paul Ryan’s authoritarian freakout
Paul Ryan |
Paul Ryan claims to be a huge fan of novelist Ayn Rand, the libertarian favorite whose books and essays celebrated bold and unexpected acts of rebellion against autocrats and authoritarians. The House Budget Committee chair positions himself as such a Randifarian that he requires his staff to read the Russian immigrant’s objectivist tracks. But, while Rand at her best celebrated creative dissent, Ryan’s got a big problem with it—a big-government problem.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
• • Meet the GOP’s young guns: Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy
Atlas Shrugged |The Fountainhead |Capitalism |Egoism |Paul Ryan |
[Paul Ryan] is resolutely polite, certain without being overbearing, confident at the debate podium and, to a greater extent than any prominent Republican of the past two decades, Reaganesque. Unfortunately, he has something else in common with the fortieth president: an approach to budget issues that owes more to Ayn Rand’s paranoid fears about making even the most minimal civic demands on “productive” elites than to facts, figures or economic realism. Ryan’s devotion to Rand, the author of dystopian novels like Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead and a favorite of the Tea Party movement’s Glenn Beck wing, is fanatical. He requires Congressional staffers to read Rand’s books and heaps praise on the prophetess of selfishness in YouTube videos that even fellow Republicans quietly acknowledge are unsettling.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thursday, December 03, 2009
• Bernie Sanders fights to block Bernanke confirmation
Bernanke was, and is, the face of everything that is wrong with the crony-capitalism model of "regulation" developed by the Fed under its previous chair, Ayn Rand acolyte Alan Greenspan.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
• Election matters: Kerry says it’s too early for Dems to declare win in Wisconsin
Response to a newsletter article by state Representative Frank Lasee.
Why is Lasee dispatching columns [...] that suggest some kind of connection between communist theorist Karl Marx and liberalism and libertarian writer Ayn Rand and conservatism? Doesn't he recognize the difference between socialism and liberalism? Between libertarianism and conservatism?